A life of involvement and leadership characterizes Anne Hoiberg. Her professional and social achievements along with her dedication to improving conditions for women around the globe, embody what it means to be this year’s Women’s Hall of Fame Activist inductee.
After earning her Masters in Psychology from San Diego State University, she began working as a research psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center. Over the next 25 years, Anne wrote over 130 scientific articles and presented at more than 90 conferences around the world. She worked on women’s health issues, women in the military, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, stress-related disease, and the role of the military in society. Anne has written two books, Women and the World of Work and Women as New “Manpower.” She served as associate editor for Psychological Reports and Armed Forces and Society and was asked to conduct sexual harassment prevention seminars.
Since the 1980s, Anne has attended several international women’s rights conferences, at which she conducted training workshops. She led the workshop “Women and Political Participation” at AWID in Washington, D.C., at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, and at the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. She also led the workshop “Trafficking in Women and Children” at the International Women’s Congress in Havana, Cuba. In recognition for her work, Anne was appointed an Election Supervisor for the U.S. Department of State and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Belarus, and Ukraine between 1997 and 2004.
In addition to her international work, Anne headed local chapters of the League of Women Voters, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Incredible Women Television, and the United Nations Association. She served on the Board of Directors of Voices for Women, Bilateral Safety Corridor, ACLU, Women’s Museum of California, and World Affairs Council. Anne was the director of the United Nations Association Women’s Equity Council from 1989-2009 and has been a member of the California Women’s Agenda, San Diego Opera Association, Inter-agency Coalition for Human and Civil Rights, La Jolla Pen Women, Older Women’s League, National Council of Negro Women, and the American Association of University Women.
Anne’s dedication and creativity has earned her several prestigious awards and she has served as an inspiration to many. She has put her passion and talent to work writing short plays and speeches about the suffrage movement, as well as articles on women’s empowerment, world peace, and women in the political arena. Her commitment to promoting awareness and social change is what it means to be an Activist!